Jun 20, 2018 7:26 AM
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the Joker summons Demon Cam
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"Well, just in case -" Cam produces another device and waves it around, looking for any signal of unusual radioactivity.

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It's possible that there is such a thing! Signs are faint - it could just be noise - but given the information that there is a nuclear bomb in this city, it is likely to be thataway.

"You're a handy guy to have around. Mind if I introduce you to one'a my friends?"
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"Maybe, I don't know, depends on whether he's good company. Think I can get away with an overcoat or do I have to saw my wings off to go unmolested on the street?"

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"Well, I like him fine, but I don't always hang out with the best crowds. He's a cop, that make any difference to you either way?"

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"A small positive difference. Seriously, how much of a problem am I going to have being publicly winged, I don't want to cut 'em off but I will to get a nuke out of a city if I have to."

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"If you can fit 'em under a coat, you won't get that many funny looks unless you act like you're expecting funny looks. Love the tail, by the way."

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"Thanks, made it myself. I think I can cram them under a coat if I tailor-make it, which, what else would I do -" He folds up the wings nice and tight, and then he is wearing a long black leather coat which is sort of lumpy in back and over his shoulders. "Do I look street-legal?"

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"Perfectly. Anyway, we're not exactly gonna be walking around in broad daylight." He gestures to his face. "I'm a little distinctive. C'mon, I'll drive."

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"Why are you made up like that, anyway?" Cam inquires, following.

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"If you're from the future, it must be a long damn while. You could say I'm kind of a public figure," he says. "Gotta have the image."

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"A public image that involves messily applied clown makeup. What sort of public figure has that?"

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"The Joker, of course." He smiles. "Sorry, sorry. It's a long story and kinda hard to summarize. You could say I'm an entertainer. You could also say I'm a retired terrorist. Although I haven't quiiite got around to announcing my resignation. Somebody's been hogging all the media time."

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"How inconvenient of them. What kind of terrorism are we talking about?"

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"Killed some people, blew up a building or two. Nothing too exciting. Although Johnny might have a different take on it." Out of the warehouse they go, and into a nondescript little car parked in the loading bay; he's still talking as he opens the door and gets in. "Those law and order types can be funny that way."

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"Maybe I'll ask him. I can't think of a good reason for there to be a ticky Geiger counter inside a city, anyway, so I'm assuming you're up and up as far as that goes. We collecting your friend first or following the breadcrumbs?"

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"Collecting my friend first. I'm sure he'll be very reassuring."

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"We'll see."

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"Mm. I don't think I got your name, by the way."

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"Cam. Have you got a non-stage name, so to speak?"

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"Not so much, no. Good to meetcha."

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"Charmed I'm sure," says Cam, supervising the scenery. "Yeah, this looks 2012-ish all right."

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"I love my city," the Joker says contentedly.

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"Hence the explosions?"

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"Don't you ever love something so much you just wanna set it on fire?"

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"No. Demons have a reputation for being pyromaniacs, but that's because black holes took a while to discover so lakes of fire were the conventional disposal method for used stuff."

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